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CCOG for ASL 151 Fall 2023

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Course Number:
ASL 151
Course Title:
Accelerated American Sign Language II
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Course Description

Covers the material of half of ASL 102 and all of ASL 103 in an accelerated format. Emphasizes active communication in ASL. Includes participating in task-oriented and simple social conversations in culturally appropriate ways. ASL proficiency interview may be required. ASL 150 and ASL 151 covers the same material as ASL 101, ASL 102 and ASL 103 and both cannot be applied to graduation. Prerequisites: ASL 102 or ASL 150 or department permission. Recommended: Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment or proficiency interview within one term.

Addendum to Course Description

This is an accelerated course which meets for 6 credit hours instead of the usual 4 credit hours. This course expands on ASL vocabulary and grammar and focuses on interactive and communicative competencies in the language and culture of the Deaf.
This course utilizes functional-notational approach as well as dialogues and drills in learning grammar and vocabulary designed to help the students develop expressive/communicative skills. Cultural information is shared through readings and classroom discussions.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Participate in simple conversations on topics beyond the most immediate needs, e.g. giving directions, describing others, making requests, talking about family and occupations in depth, attributing qualities to others, talking about routines.
  • Apply language-learning skills to interactions in the Deaf community.
  • Demonstrate respect for and a better understanding of Deaf people and ASL, with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity.

Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and complete homework assignments. Students may record videos of their work in class, the language lab, or at home as assigned by the instructor. After the introduction to the course, ASL will be used in the classroom at all times; no spoken English is permitted. Students should plan to spend about one hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies include observation of students' in-class receptive and expressive use of ASL, written quizzes on cultural knowledge and on receptive skills, and videorecording of students' expressive use of ASL. Students will be assessed in their competence in using the language as demonstrated by the quality of receptive and expressive preparation and participation and assignments. Attendance is an important factor but it is not used as assessment tool. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The course focuses on the acquisition and correct use of parameters, non-manuals signals, grammatical markers, grammatical structures, functional vocabulary, and cultural concepts for the purpose of successful communication in ASL. Successful students have reviewed, expanded and perfected previously learned material, have practiced, and will be able to use the following communication topics and structures:

  • Verb agreement

  • Activities and work

  • Descriptive and instrument classifiers

  • Years and months

  • Time

  • Spatial agreement

  • Negations

  • Role shifting

  • Culturally appropriate communication

  • Non-manual signals